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Okay, but disappointing,
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I had one of the original PX100 headphones for many years, which I used while running, and other outdoors activities. I loved them. They were well made, comfortable, they could be folded and stored in a coat pocket and the sound was good. In fact the sound was very good, with good definition of mid range and treble. When they died, I worked my way through numerous headphones, all of which were either no good, or fell to pieces after a month or two. These included a Sennheiser PMX 80 (tight and very painful to wear, causing a blister in one ear), a Sennheiser OMX 80 (disappointing sound, and on a run the ear fills with sweat, making the headphones useless), Sennheiser CX500 (lots of cable noise, too little bass), and a Sennheiser PMX 200 (good build, okay sound, slightly uncomfortable neck band and ear hooks, broke quickly). I also bought an Audio Technica ATH-EC700 GM Earphones for £35 new, and they are superb, but not suitable for running. So when the new PX100-II appeared, I jumped on a pair.
The PX100-II is rather like the old model, it is compact, but with a slightly wider more durable band than the old model, and with slightly nicer overall build. Like the old model the new one folds up and will easily fit into a coat pocket. And the new model has a side cable rather than a cable from each speaker. Sennheiser have ditched the hard plastic case that came with the old model and replaced it with a decent woven soft case with a draw string, a welcome improvement in my view. So far it is looking good. Mmmm, what about the sound? Well that is where the new model falls down. To my ear they sound rather like the PMX200. There is far too much basss, at the expense of the mids and highs. Whatever I listen to my music on my iPod, the bass dominates so much that it ruins the sound. And whereas the old model had mids and highs with good definition, the new model produces slightly mushy mids and highs. Maybe the bass obscures the higher frequencies, or maybe the cost of increasing the bass was a reduction in the higher frequencies. Either way, these are disappointing. The sound is not bad, but neither is it particularly good. To be fair in terms of sound quality the PX100-II is comparable to the PMX200 and better than the OMX80, PMX80 and CX500, but nowhere near as good as the original PX100. If you want quality sound, and you want to listen at a desk, or in a train, then I wholeheartedly recommend the Audio Technica ATH-EC700 GM. There may be equally good headphones at the same price, I would not know, but there is no doubt they walk over the Sennheiser PX100-II. But, if you want a durable, compact, folding headphone at a budget price, and you want it for sports use, such as running, then the PX100-II is a good choice. But I recommend you try and get the old model which in my opinion is much better. Of course I should warn you that this is my subjective opinion. I do not like excessive bass but you might and it does seem to be the fashion these days.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2013 13:04:43 GMT
Lee Lucas says:
Thanks very much for this review. I must admit I was just about to order these and glad I read your review first. I had the old PX 100 given me sometime back, and have to say they were amazing in sound quality, and sound quality is the importance for me here, just as sure as love open circuit headphones in relation to closed which are often have to much bass and do not castor for the other frequencies at all.
I have always had Sennheiser Headphones and the ones fro my Hi-Fi are sound and I do not mind spending heavily on them for that. But for my phone I would not be wanting to spend a lot more on such things, especially as the PX-100's were suffice. Now the only thing wrong with my PX-100's is that I fell asleep in bed and pulled the wires out of the Jack. Now I am no expert when coming to soldering, but was wondering if you feel I could get these repaired at some place.
The trouble I do find with Sennheiser is that they do not have stuff out long enough before they stop making them, and getting hold of the PX-100's now I should imagine will be an hard task, but I would deffo by those again if they was available.
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